Feb 20, 2009 | 5
Performance-enhancing steroids are the gifts that keep on giving. They help set home-run records and win cycling medals — never mind make for obvious nicknames like the latest instant classic, A-Roid.
But those perennial gifts aren’t all "positive": Now, it seems, in addition to bulking up users, anabolic steroids also predispose them to musculoskeletal injuries.
An anonymous survey of 2,552 retired NFL players released today found an association between joint and ligament injuries and use of steroids. Just over 9 percent of the former pro-athletes, who played as far back as the 1940s and as recently as the 21st century, admitted using the drugs during their careers, the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation study showed. Doping was common among players in positions requiring size and strength, with 16 percent of offensive linemen and nearly 15 percent of defensive linemen fessing up to the practice.
Dec 4, 2008
Some lucky viewers will feel as if they're right on the field at tonight's football game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers, without going any farther than their local movie house. In addition to the usual TV coverage, the game will be simulcast in 3-D to private theater audiences in Los Angeles, New York and Boston by the Burbank, Calif., firm 3ality Digital.
"We are merely doing a test for our friends at the NFL to show them definitively that this digital 3-D technology is now," 3ality chairman David Modell told the Associated Press. Modell likely has many friends in the league—he's a former president of the Baltimore Ravens and the son of Art Modell, who owned the Ravens and their predecessor, the original incarnation of the Cleveland Browns, for more than 40 years.
Sep 4, 2008
With the National Football League's season set to kick off tonight, stories about gridiron injuries are grabbing the headlines. Will quarterback Tom Brady start for the New England Patriots in their opening game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, after missing the entire preseason with an injured right foot? How will the Baltimore Ravens do now that their starting quarterback is out for the season with a shoulder injury and being replaced by a rookie? Should an NFL team have given former Pro Bowl quarterback Duante Culpepper, who announced his retirement today, a chance to play, or did his devastating knee injury in 2005 pose too much of a risk?
Sep 3, 2008
The 2008 NFL season kicks off tomorrow night with a game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins – and haven’t you always wanted to know the science behind the pigskin? In honor of America's favorite (fall) pastime, the SciAm team has a new package of football-related stories, including, among other things, an explanation of that mysterious injury, turf toe.
While it may sound disgusting, turf toe actually isn’t nearly as stomach-turning as those animated commercials for athlete’s foot remedies. Giants’ team doc Russell Warren tells SciAm that the injury is due to the stretching of tissues inside the big toe. “You can get it by stubbing the toe against a surface, hyperflexing it (over-curling it toward the sole of your foot), or hyper-extending it (jamming it back towards your body),” Warren says.
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